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Meet our Past CIPR Post-Doc Researcher, Paolo Spadoni

August 21st, 2008

Paolo Spadoni

Fall 2008 – Spring 2010

Paolo Spadoni is a 2008-2010 post-doctoral research fellow. From August 2006 to May 2008, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. He received his Ph.D. (major in International Relations) in December 2005 from the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. He also holds a Masters degree in Latin American Studies from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Spadoni is a political economist with a focus on Latin America‘€™s political and business environments. His main countries of expertise include Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. In the past eight years, he has carried out extensive research in Cuba, focusing on U.S.-Cuba economic and political relations, foreign investment, and other macroeconomic issues. He has recently published a book chapter on political dynamics in the U.S. Congress with respect to the Cuban embargo and articles about Cuba in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems and Cuba in Transition.

The US Congress and the Cuban Embargo
The Current Situation of Foreign Investment in Cuba 2004
U.S. Financial Flows in the Cuban Economy

In his first year at CIPR, Paolo organized a major conference on the current situation of the Cuban Economy and its future challenges. Read more about Cuba Today and the Road Ahead. Currently, he is working on an edited volume drawn from the conference submissions and writing an article on foreign investment and business climate in Raul Castro‘€™s Cuba to be included in the volume.

He is also presently working on a book manuscript on the effectiveness of economic sanctions against Cuba in the context of globalization and transnational linkages. The book (preliminary titled Failed Sanctions: Transnational Players and the U.S. Embargo against Cuba) is a case study of the implementation and effectiveness of U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba. It challenges the utility of economic coercion and sheds light upon a specific aspect that has been generally neglected by scholars of international relations and by the literature on the Cuban embargo, the influence of transnational actors in the globalizing post-Cold War world.
(Please read the introduction and the conclusion of his forthcoming book here: Failed Sanctions: Transnational Players and the U.S. Embargo against Cuba. Please do not quote without the author‘€™s permission.)

Furthermore, Dr. Spadoni is also working on foreign investment in the Dominican Republic‘€™s Free Trade Zones and in Costa Rica‘€™s High Technology Sectors. The primary objective of the first work is to evaluate the achievements and limitations of the Dominican Republic‘€™s experience with foreign direct investment (FDI) in its free trade zones. More specifically, this case study will offer a comprehensive analysis of the impact of FDI on GDP growth, trade patterns, technological and productive spillovers, and generation of employment. It will also assess the key challenges for the Dominican economy and its future performance.

The second case analyzes Costa Rica‘€™s development strategy based on human capital accumulation and the promotion of foreign direct investment (FDI) in high technology industries. Over the past decade, major multinational corporations (mostly U.S.-based) in the fields of electronics and medical devices have set up manufacturing operations in Costa Rica‘€™s free trade zones and produced substantial benefits for the host economy. However, the existence of several unresolved problems that might hamper growth suggests that a sizeable stock of human capital is a necessary but not sufficient condition for developing countries to take full advantage of high-tech FDI activities in their markets.

Paolo Spadoni regularly comments on Cuban and Central American economical and political issues in various mass media outlets. See:
Obama waits for Cuba signals to move forward

Paolo Spadoni‘€™s Curriculum Vitae
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